this shows the annual net departures of NZ citizens. In the year to June 2014 it was 12,224 and then it reduced over the next three years to 2,915 – only losing 55 Kiwis a week. It doubled during 2018 and 2019, but still relatively low. During the covid-19 pandemic Kiwis returned home, of course.
But look at what is happening now. Almost 35,000 Kiwis have left in the last 12 months. That's 670 a week.